Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation) L1-5 Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation) L1-5

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CertificateFull time - 6 months, part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$2,650 - $3,170per semester (depends on courses selected)


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Madras Street Campus


Advance with this programme and develop the knowledge you need for further tertiary study with specific courses to gain the academic requirements for most CPIT diplomas and degrees.

When you have successfully completed this certificate , you will have met the academic entry criteria to apply for your chosen target programme.

The Certificate in Proficiency is made up of core courses such as:

  • English - Preparation for Academic Studies (for domestic students)
  • English for Tertiary Studies (if English is not your first language)
  • Mathematics

Specific area courses can include:

  • Computing
  • Business
  • Engineering

In special cases it may be possible to substitute a core course for an alternative course if you have already shown that you are competent in this area.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
  • If you are a domestic student you will be asked to do a short reading, writing and maths task to assess your level of learning, so you can start at the right place to success.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no lower than 5.0 in any of the subtests). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification is designed to help you meet the entry requirements for a further qualification.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you will be ready to apply for other CPIT programmes. Please note completing this foundation programme does not give you automatic entry to higher qualifications as places may be limited and other entry criteria may apply.